Since StatsBomb formed as a company, we've been committed to educating and training the football analysts of the future, and we've thrown our weight behind the women's game to champion its development. We're delighted that our latest free data release serves both objectives: StatsBomb event and 360 data for the 2023 Women's World Cup.
The dataset contains the same industry-leading event data that is used by our customers, and as such there's plenty of opportunities for analysis. From Aitana Bonmatí's Golden Ball-winning performances and Salma Paralluelo's breakout tournament, to Australia and Jamaica's surprise campaigns and United States' underperformance against pre-tournament expectations.
Accessing The Data
There are a few things you’ll need to know to access and work with the data.
One: this release will once again contain StatsBomb 360 data. 360 is tactical event data that includes a freeze frame containing every player in the picture around each event. The freeze frames add critical context and enable deeper and more meaningful analysis than is possible with standard event data, some of which we demonstrated recently in our Line-Breaking Passes and Ball Receipts In Space metrics launch article.
Two: installing the StatsBombR or StatsBombPy packages will make working with the data much easier. There's also our introductory guide to Working With StatsBomb Data In R, which we strongly advise you work through if you’re new to StatsBomb data or starting out on your coding journey. It'll also be useful to keep the StatsBomb data specification handy.
Three: the competition id (72) and season id (107) to pull the data.
*NOTE: If you have used StatsBombR or StatsBombPy before, please update or re-install it to ensure you have the latest version before working with the data.
Follow the code and you'll soon be creating things like this:
Lastly, it’s important to note that if you intend to publish your work on social media – which we greatly encourage you to do if you want your skills to be noticed by professionals – then please do remember to abide by our user agreement and credit StatsBomb as your data source when doing so.
Our User Guide and Logos can be found in our media pack.
As always, we hope you enjoy working with the data.
Best of luck,
The StatsBomb Team